Conservatorship: The Racket That Ruined My Father’s Last Years

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I have watched as my father’s pursuit of happiness was swept away by the court system in his senior years.

How to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children

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From TED: What would it be like if we helped parents unpack their own childhood, so they don’t have to carry that baggage and put it on their children’s shoulders?

Serafina B. — Short Bio

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Serafina B. is a 36-year-old artist born in Nicuaragua who has won art prizes and has pieces in museum collections.  She has been diagnosed with...

Dramatic Decline in California’s Use of Antipsychotic Drugs on Its Foster Children

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From The Imprint: Youth and Family News: A new study indicates statewide reforms have freed thousands of abused and neglected children from the lasting effects of the most powerful psychiatric drugs, but concerns about other medications persist.

Alison Bass – Short Bio

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A former medical and science writer for The Boston Globe, Alison Bass writes  about conflicts of interest in medicine and flaws in the way drugs...

“Pollution’s Mental Toll”: A Talk with Journalist Kristina Marusic

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The reporter explains how air and water pollution affect our brains, why children are so vulnerable, and what to do about it.

Rethinking Suicide Prevention: An Interview on Critical Suicide Studies with Jennifer White

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MIA’s Samantha Lilly interviews critical youth suicidologist Jennifer White about what suicide prevention could look like outside of the medical model.

Deron Drumm – Short Bio

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Deron Drumm is the Executive Director of Advocacy Unlimited, the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Rights Protection...

The Real Myth of the Schizophrenogenic Mother

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Acknowledging the role of trauma inflicted by a given individual’s mother is not the same as laying all blame for “mental illness” at the feet of motherhood. Meanwhile, a mountain of evidence has accumulated linking schizophrenia to sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and many other categories of adverse childhood experiences.

A Son Died, His Parents Tried to Sue. How U.S. Courts Protect Big Pharma

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From Reuters: Merck’s best-selling asthma medicine, Singulair, has been linked for years to suicides and psychiatric problems, often in children. But lawsuits over the drug are stymied by one of Corporate America’s most effective liability shields: the doctrine of federal preemption.

Jen Padron – Short Bio

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On Visioning A Peer Workforce: Jen Padron, a leader in peer support initiatives, focuses on the groundswell supporting the growing prominence of peer providers who...

State Hospital Memories: More of My Story

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The Detroit Free Press did an excellent job in bringing to light the conditions at Pontiac, its loss of accreditation, and closing. Still, they didn't quite grasp the severity of violence there.

Amphetamines Have Long-Term Effects on Adolescent Brain, Study Finds

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A new study published in the journal Neuroscience finds that rats given regular doses of amphetamines during adolescence have brain and behavioral changes in adulthood....

Teenagers Pathologized by Traditional Addiction Treatment

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From Filter: Traditional treatment can pathologize normal behaviors of adolescence, thereby reinforcing stigma and existing low self-esteem.

Laysha Ostrow, PhD – Short Bio

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Laysha Ostrow is the CEO of Live & Learn, Inc. She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2014,...

Antiseizure Drug Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Large Risk of Autism, ADHD, and Intellectual...

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Harms are “largely overlooked by psychiatry despite widespread usage,” according to the researchers.

How to Deal With Your Teenager’s Depression

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From The Telegraph: Classic signs of teen depression can be tricky to spot now that pyjamas are acceptable daywear and many of our routines have vanished.

George Atwood, PhD – Short Bio

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Men on Hooks: George Atwood, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Rutgers (retired), where he taught for 41 years. George has devoted his...

Yoga and Mindfulness Benefit Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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A new review finds preliminary evidence for yoga and mindfulness-based interventions for youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Maria Bradshaw – Short Bio

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DelusionNZ: Maria Bradshaw, who currently lives in County Wicklow, Ireland, writes of social models of suicide prevention, pharmacovigilance, and alternatives to psychiatric interventions for...

Danielle Egan – Short Bio

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Danielle Egan is a Vancouver based freelance journalist. Her articles about psychiatric neurosurgeries and bio-medical technologies have been published in many titles, including New Scientist, Vancouver...

College Tuition Sparked a Mental Health Crisis. Then the Hospital Bill Arrived.

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From KHN: A student from Mumbai with an interest in comedy discovers that college tuition, hospital bills, and psychiatric treatment are all very bad jokes in America.

What’s Wrong With Students? No—What’s Wrong With Colleges?

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From Inside Higher Ed: Rather than blame students for a lack of well-being, colleges should consider institutional factors that contribute to the student mental health crisis, say two college counseling directors.

Barry Haslam – Short Bio

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Benzodiazapine Drugs: My Story of Survival: Barry Haslam, former chairman of Oldham Tranx, writes about his campaign in the UK and Europe over the...

Some Schools Bringing Back Corporal Punishment; Parents Opt In as Students Protest

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From TODAY: "Corporal punishment signals to the child that a way to settle interpersonal conflicts is to use physical force and inflict pain," said the American Academy of Pediatrics in a 2014 statement.